Another interesting, if somewhat obscure, member of the MLJ Comics line-up was Black Jack. This character first appeared in the pages of Zip Comics, and ran for 10 issues, He returned in later years in other titles and forms, but his original form still remains my favorite, with one of
the cleverest origin stories ever. According to ComicVine:
"While playing his favorite card games at police headquarters, Detective Jonathan “Jack” Jones is pulled away to interview a wounded hoodlum about his gang. With his dying words, the gangster relates that they are hiding out at the "old Larson Mansion." Jones heads out to investigate and ends up being captured. The head hoodlum, “Lucky” Lavitto, has Jones walled up inside a small room with no air.

Zip Comics #20 / Nov. 1941

"As luck would have it, Jones is sealed up with a Jack of Spades playing card that he manages to work through the concrete enough to allow air into the space to survive. The homeowner, Mr. Larson, returns and discovers the fresh concrete and the playing card on the floor. Not being part of the gang, Mr. Larson frees Jones from his predicament and suggests to Jack that he let the criminals believe he has died and adopt a vengeful new identity of Black Jack. ".

"Although he keeps himself in shape, Black Jack has no powers to date. His calling card is the black jack. Two of his most noted villains were Poker Face and Black Seven.".
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The model I've designed is patterned directly from the cover above featuring Black Jack's 1st appearance. I haven't had a chance to build this one yet - so it's still a beta. But I hope you enjoy assembling this Card-Sharp Crimebuster!

Happy Modeling!!
The Professor.

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